2,214 American military service members (0 more than last week) were reported killed in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, according to The Associated Press. 2 Londoners accused of joining ISIS have caused a rift between the US and Great Britain, according to Reuters News Service. The US does not want to send Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh to Guantanamo Bay, but UK officials do not want them on their soil. 5 people were killed and 5 others injured on Monday in 2 bombs detonated from separate vehicles in Baghdad. According to CNN, ISIS has claimed responsibility...Read More
Author: Andre Coleman
I n response to a long-looming fiscal crisis, one that could force the LA County Office of Education (LACOE) to take over the finances of the Pasadena Unified School District, the Pasadena Board of Education voted to eliminate 139 full-time employees — 87 of those positions held by teachers. Board member Kim Kenne voted against the motion, primarily because she said there was not sufficient time to review and analyze the figures being presented by staff. Board member Larry Torres did not attend the board’s special meeting held on Feb. 8. The district has been struggling financially for several...Read More
The Pasadena Board of Education and the Pasadena City Council will hold a joint meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 15, at Pasadena City Hall to vote on putting a proposed City Charter change on the June 5 ballot. According to a new state law, cities with low voter turnout must move election dates to coincide with state election dates if local election participation rates result in contests with low voter turnout. City Council and Board of Education races over the past several years have been plagued by voter apathy, forcing city officials to comply with the law. Under...Read More
Pasadena Public Information Officer William Boyer announced last week that he is leaving the city to serve as director of communications for the Los Angeles Community College District. City Fire Department PIO Lisa Derderian will serve as the interim PIO while the city searches for a permanent replacement for Boyer, said City Manager Steve Mermell. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to have been Pasadena’s public information officer during the past six years and to work with all of you,” said Boyer in an email to reporters. “I have thoroughly enjoyed our time together. I believe my own...Read More
In a sternly worded letter expressing “concern” and “alarm” about the way the Pasadena Unified School District has been managing its dwindling budget, county officials warn the PUSD to get its financial house in order — or else. In the Jan. 19 letter addressed to PUSD Board of Education President Roy Boulghourjian, Candi Clark, chief financial officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, LACOE, spells out just how broke the district really is — unable to meet its basic financial obligations, let alone save anything to feed into a state-mandated reserve fund. Over the past three years,...Read More
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